Archive for September, 2011


Sanchez Neighbors

tree between our yards

It reminds me of how my neighbor Betty Sanchez, who passed away the same day as Shari Lewis in 1998, in her talks with me over the fence once said, “I feel for you young folks starting out – there are so many things you all feel you need to buy these days, it makes it really hard to keep up.” I realize that Betty and her husband gave me so many very wonderful and useful ‘things,’ the simple things like plants to transplant, water from their irrigation well, sweet handsewn gifts for our daughter … and shining examples of being caring people.

The wonderful simple down to earth practicality of my neighbors of my parents’ generation. Betty and Albert Sanchez grew a chile crop next door in their backyard from their saved seed. They worked with their old water well for irrigating that filled with sand so often in later years – a sure sign of the dropping of the water table. They were the ones so generous with providing the larkspur “Spur,” Yerba Buena, Cholla and Plum Tree transplants from their own yard to ours. Betty deliciously recounted how she cooked los quelites  – the wild lambsquarters – with bacon and the hearts of the red chile. What gifts they gave me. Gracias a Diós por ellos.


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